Meeting the devil or Self Quarantine? Here’s the kicker.

A black cloud. It has passed. Why am I naked? What is all this blood they are washing me with? “Dress her with a black gown, she is meeting the devil in a few! ” A black gown? On me?

Meeting the devil,

Hell is empty and all the devils are here.

My granny usually accentuates this old William Shakespeare’s quote. She adds some ‘salt’ on it, “if the devil invites me for a meeting, I will make sure he’s in hell first, am no meeting the devil here! “. Why would an old woman think of meeting the devil? Friends, let’s leave it at that.

Lawd Awmightyโ€ฆ.!!! Who is this on the serpent – like thrown with anger written all over his fizzog? Is he the devil? All these in red gowns. Is that blood and gore dripping from their mouths?

A black cobra?! Never have I seen this before. “Where am I??!” Everyone here is in a bate mood, but I bet not to ask. Why so much rage? They all seem piqued. Probably, this is how their mood should be to someone who is meeting their devil. Am I meeting him? Am I? I collapse……

This is what happens,

“Hahahaโ€ฆ Hahahaโ€ฆ Hahaโ€ฆ Lucimamu, welcome to the gang, everyone welcome this Coastal jewel to the Bloody Kingdom! ” The stress on the ‘b-l-o-o-o-o-d-y’ word makes me utter a long yelp. My hands around my head, which is now between my knees, that are cluttered together. Am hiding from these eyes gawking at the innocent me. Why on earth should I be meeting the devil?

Before he proceeds with the introductions, I try to cry the ‘Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! melody’ . No sound. No sound comes out. They laugh louder than before. More blood is smeared on the floor, a cup of fresh human blood (yes I said human), is passed over my body. They be sipping it while dancing to lewd songs and clamour.

Here she comes. A very glamorous woman, the age of my big sister. She is what my English teacher would call, ‘voluptuous’ and has the most fetching hair I have ever seen. In her hands, a golden ring, ankle and waist jewelry , a pair of diamond earings, silver bangles and a bracelet made of rubies.

On her head a pyramid crown, is she approaching me? Yes. She then prettifies me with these expensive ornaments. Then gives me a book entitled, ‘Meeting the Devil- The death Mission,’ with names so familiar.

To my disbelief, I scream “Nooooooo……..!!!!!” Only to wake up under my bed. I am sweaty and dirty. Hilariously, I find my way out. That was a dead meeting the devil nightmare. Thank God, It wasn’t real.

Waking up to Corona,

Plesident Kingston ndio ameamka, waziri wa usingizi ndio amemaliza kutoa speech yake, mtukufu, nikuekee maji moto kwa bafu? Nitume boss ntaenda!”

That’s my momma. Ever teasing, sometimes sarcastic.

Like any other African mama, she is never wrong. Anything including slippers, jembe, basin, sufuria, broom and cooking stick, just to mention a few, can be used to flog a child. Without forgetting, if you wake up late, you are the newly ordained Plesident Kingston. She ordains and swears you by force. Dare refuse, you are met with a hot slap all over your face that is worse than meeting the devil.

I stand still, trying to hide my bad moods. I do not say a thing, am still healing from the blue funk am from. Thoughts are rummaging through my mind of how meeting the devil was like. “If it was just a dream yet am this terrified, what would have happened if it were real? Jehovah….. Am yours please.” Do I tell momma her name was number one in that Death Mission book? No, I better not. I am not ready to answer her million plus twenty questions.

My purported ‘wife material’ sister is busy, eyes glued on the television holding a mop on her left hand. “I hope you dreamt of the cure!” She angrily says. Cure? What cure? “Eeeh….. Dr DeleCreme umelala hadi saa sita, haya tuambie dawa ya Coronelius na usiwaste time. Si umeonyeshwa ndotoni!” Momma again. Can’t she just keep the vibe low? Coronelius??? Thanks to her, “Mum it’s Coronavirus,” my sister corrects.

What is this Coronavirus disease?

Coronavirus? What is it? I interestingly listen to the news, having calmed myself with the nikumbushe kunyamaza chorus.

They say it’s COVID-19 in abbreviation. That it has majorly affected China and it is vastly spreading across the globe. Worst of it all, this Coronavirus has no defined cure as per now and more than ten people and counting are recorded to be positive in our country.

As I continue getting appalled, I hear that the disease is caused by a virus called Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-COV-2). To add, the virus came from a bat (according to the report), that passed it to an immediate animal then to humans.

My momma repeatedly rebukes, “shindwe katika jina la Yesu!” I will not be surprised if she ‘ribashanda ribakatalabo kanaia ribozai’, that’s how she engages the heavens – She tells us all the time.

Although, I know our God heals all kinds of maladies, this particular one is making me shiver. Poor me, my faith is smaller than the mustard seed our Christ talked about.

Meeting the devil – Coronavirus

As I have said earlier, my granny must have seen this disease when she said, she’ll make sure the devil is in hell before meeting him.

Was my dream a foreshadow? Maybe Fada Lord is calling me to be a prophetess like Old Anna who is recorded in the Holy Book. I said maybe. No, probably…..But it was just a dream.

………………………………………………………………….

So, I can get Coronavirus when an infected person coughs and sneezes near me. In addition, when I shake hands, touch a surface or come to contact with a person or something with the virus then touch my eyes, nose and mouth.

How will I know that I have the malady? These are the symptoms; fever, dry cough and difficulty in breathing. Minor symptoms include, tiredness, sore throat and a runny nose.

The disease can cause, pneumonia in both lungs, septic shock, organ failure and death. Isn’t this scary?

I do not want us to glorify the devil at all . He’s really nothing but a zombie, powerless and a manipulator; imposer of fear.

Similarly, we can fight Coronavirus. No need to panic, it is not a death sentence.

Self Quarantine, here is the kicker.

Self Quarantine as a way of preventing Coronavirus is the new norm. It means refraining oneself from other individuals for a period of time, for this particular disease, fourteen days is the duration for self quarantine.

  • Avoid large events, masses, meetings and gatherings.
  • Avoid contact with anyone who has the symptoms or sick.
  • Keep distance between yourself and others (5-6 feet away)
  • Avoid visiting, hugging, kissing and shaking hands with people.
  • Avoid sharing dishes, clothes and bedding etc with people, especially if you are sick.
  • Stay at home.

Along with the Self Quarantine, here are other ways of keeping safe.

  • Wash your hands with soap and running water for at least 25 seconds.
  • Use alcohol based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid leaving your throat dry, take sips of (preferably) warm water with(without) lemon juice.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  • Clean and disinfect your surfaces regularly.
  • Get yourself tested. If you check and find out your body temperature is higher than 38 degrees Celsius, consult your doctor.

All the best us you self quarantine this period. Don’t forget to keep yourself busy by: Reading books, working online, studying, writing school notes, helping parents, sharpening your skills, learning a new skill, do an online course and listening to sermons for spiritual development.

Above all, PRAY, PRAY and PRAY. Friends, it is only God who protects, therefore, self quarantine is just but a human procedure. Only God, only Him can take away this plague. Just Pray.

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Mariam Mbodze

A lassie in the modern world, yet I got a missive from the ages... Silent thoughts make me yonder. Hey... Black girl talks, Mariam talks!

188 comments on “Meeting the devil or Self Quarantine? Here’s the kicker.

  • Barny

    Great piece!

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  • Michael Katana

    ๐Ÿ’ฏtrue only God can save us now ๐Ÿ™

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  • Christabel Aduda

    I love the fact that I can find both humour,knowledge on how to prevent myself from contacting the virus and also a reminder that God(and my faith in Him) is greater thancorona/fear of death.I am blessed anytime you touch a pen and write a piece ๐Ÿ˜Š…This is amazing.

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  • Frank๐Ÿ˜Ž

    As always great writing and advice.. Keep writing ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ฏYou made me laugh all the way through the morning๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
    Thanks for the tips and advice.Yes we are longer slaves to fear ๐Ÿ’ฏ
    Great article!

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  • Quincy

    You did well

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  • Lucky

    Plesident Kingston๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜… funny and informative. Good one Mamuu๐Ÿ‘Œ

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  • Andy

    ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ

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  • Kagure

    It’s either you’ve been to hell or your imagination is on another level.๐Ÿ˜…
    Lovely piece as always.

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    • Mariam Mbodze

      Thank you Kagure, I am really encouraged. Thank you so much. Haha, no I have never been to hell, never shall I. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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  • Elsie

    Lovely piece
    Keep it up

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  • Shirley

    I really enjoyed reading this..
    It’s such an interesting yet knowledgeable writing

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  • Annet Kithaka

    This is awesome… plesident Kingston ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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  • Bonny

    Wow, great piece Mamuu. You’re blessed, and thank you for the useful knowledge not forgetting the reminder for us to pray. God bless you.

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  • Erick

    What an interesting and creativity bound piece! I, however, draw my comments from one character ‘ the Coastal Jewel’. Despite the fear of her encounter with the devil in a dream, she is an overcomer for Jesus Christ is her refuge. In addition, the aspect of incorporating the precautionary measures to curb the Covid- 19 pandemic is a great deal. This shows ‘the writer of the piece’ cares about the health status of humankind; an indication of benevolence.
    God bless @mariammbodze as you continue to grow in the event of inspiring lives.

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  • Gladys

    Best read ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜

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  • Farah

    Weuh I knew this was never a fail Mamuu keep doing you

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  • Afandi

    Your imagination is something else!! (Meeting with the devil)The image you painted was so vivid.

    Plesident๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. Your momma is typically the African type.

    Thanks for the info on the Corona virus and how to be safe from it. Above all you have brought out the fact that only GOD can help salvage the situation
    #sanitize
    #stayathome
    #pray

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    • Mariam Mbodze

      Haha… Thank you Afandi for this comment. I just thought of stretching my mind a bit more. To God be the glory. Stay safe and may all of us continue praying for our nation.

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  • Nelson The Poet

    Pot of wisdom. Nice one.

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  • Shadrack

    Nice writing Plesident Kingston. I enjoyed the read๐Ÿ˜Š

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  • Njeri Ochieng

    Beautiful…lakini ikianza umenishtua๐Ÿ˜ฒ

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    • Mariam Mbodze

      Woi… Aki pole sana, next time nitakumbuka kueka disclaimer๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚I hope haijakuterrorize. Otherwise, thank you, next time I will be considerate aki

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  • Nicky

    Mamu kali๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

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  • Shikanga Martin

    You soo… You know what, bring more, and more and more, I like your piece of work.

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  • Mark Kiome

    Plesident Kingston…you’re a great writer. Beautiful piece. God will surely deliver us!

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  • James

    I don’t know I kind of felt you were mixed up,it didn’t come out clearly. No intention to discourage you,its still breathtaking.

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    • Mariam Mbodze

      Wow… Thank you James, I still hope you got the bit of COVID-19. That was the kicker… Stay safe, Sanitize, Pray. Much thanks

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  • SVNGV

    You go guuurrrll!! ๐Ÿ˜

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  • Linet

    Nice piece Mamu. Next time weka disclaimer for Njeri. Ubarikiwe

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  • Ken njoroge

    Very informative

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  • Jaccy

    This is a great piece, Mammu.

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  • June

    Really good piece Mariam

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  • Eva

    You never disappoint
    I love this piece!!

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  • Jay254

    Nice piece. The headline was intriguing and now I’m here commenting haha

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  • R. Mutanu

    Great piece Mariam๐Ÿ‘Œ
    Keep winning

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  • Maryanne

    Great piece sizzy

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  • Rodgy

    hehe its like u got another skill, nice work nmeipenda…the Kingston ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ

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  • Annbel

    That nightmare ๐Ÿ™†Mayooo,
    Great piece Marriam๐Ÿ‘ŒI Loved it

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  • Ivy Tichey

    Mamuu๐ŸฅณHow you’ve blended humour with very helpful info and the reminder that our God is with us,I’m definitely coming back for more๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘. Great piece!

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  • Andole Masheti

    Eih! Great work, blending everything and arranging it on one plate. Couldn’t get enough of it.nice one Mammuu.

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  • Geo

    Great piece… Awesome message. You taking writing to another level

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  • Prince Raj

    Intriguing, with a great sense of humor

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  • P. M

    Very wonderful indeed, I just love it

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  • Peter Chege

    At first I did not get where the article was going but after reading a little more I just could not resist the urge to go on. Great writing style and a very great message. Thank you for the good work Mariam.

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  • Gabriel

    Good Job Mariam, it’s a timely piece, informative and interesting.

    I love the originality of the work and the fact that i can relate to some of the events as the story flows.

    Let’s all pray, prevent and perform some duties at home.

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    • Mariam Mbodze

      Amen… Thank you so much Gabriel… Wow am so encouraged. Indeed our God will take this Corona away. He’s able. Let’s pray and trust in Him.

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  • Elvo wa Bundles

    Brilliant mind.Thumbs up Mamuu!

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  • Sharon

    Woooow so sweet and interesting,,,your moma oooh hehee and yeah let’s stay safe and trust in God too,,,,this is cute Mbodze endelea vivyo hivyo mami

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  • Lisa G

    This is great Mariam, your writing skill is exquisite and how you handled the different topics is perfect. Keep it up roomie๐Ÿค—

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  • Josephine Kadzo

    Great piece Mariam… Keep glowing

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  • Mejumaa

    Mmmmm, so sweet .nice piece . You are a good writer .May Allah grant you more knowledge and continue filling empty spaces with vital and awesome pieces of writings .

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    • Mariam Mbodze

      Asante sana mrembo. I highly appreciate. Amen, wow thank you so much for this. Niko encouraged sana. Shukran!

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  • Mejumaa

    Mashallah wifi . Little did I know about this writings of yours. May Allah grant you more knowledge and continue filling empty spaces with vital and awesome pieces of writings . This far ,you’ve done it in life .

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  • Odero

    This is awesome Mamuu nimeshtuka….nimecheka na nikasmile finally. Awesome…Soar to even greater heights

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  • Diana

    Awesome message!

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  • gichuru hilda

    nice piece!

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  • Esther Aruka

    The humour is spot-on… and I can feel the passion in every sentence… mirroring a spirit as beautiful as this piece.

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    • Mariam Mbodze

      Oh.. My… Thank you so much Esther ๐Ÿ™Œthis love is too much oh… Am really moved by your love fam. Thank you for the support, encouragement and taking time to read this

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  • Ochieng Tebo

    Hii ni ingine hatari ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

    Kazi nzuri Mariamu

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  • Carol

    Great piece๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ’ฏ,, you are amazing

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  • Mutanu

    You’re going places girl๐Ÿ˜˜bravo

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  • Charles

    amua kuchapisha book sasa๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ“™

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  • Eric Muga

    Good work Mbodze…
    Educative, informative and funny too ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  • Robah

    Woow
    Nice piece

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  • Saitoti Kiti

    We can only pray and hope

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  • Lorraine

    I really love it… keep up the good work and we pray that God will protect us

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  • Val

    Very nice pieces

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  • Brian Shisia

    Nice piece Mariam. You are a talented writer.

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  • Clinton Juba

    Wow old friend…your taste of writting is so inspiring, that’s a nice one be blessed and keep them coming(the pieces)

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    • Mariam Mbodze

      Thaaaanks Clinton… Wawawahh… Thank you so much. Yes I pray that I keep them follow through God’s guidance

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  • Dorcas jeron

    Wooow ๐Ÿ”ฅ
    For a moment you took me to hell๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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  • Lwala

    Intresting ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚you put it out quite well
    Informative and funny all together

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  • Gertrude

    It’s so funny, yet informative and better yet, pointing us back to Jesus!

    I love it!

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  • Agolla

    This is a nice one.keep doing your thing gal.

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  • Teddy Mwangata

    wow this is so amazing chidada keep up the good work to more creativity

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    • Mariam Mbodze

      Aaww… Thank you bro, am so glad to hear from you about this. Tell people at home I want to pursue a degree in communication ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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  • Ezoh

    Couldn’t get a better version than this.

    May God empower you the more to keep on touching lives through this purposeful writing

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  • Celestine

    A nice piece Mamuuโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜
    Keep up the good work

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  • Noel Tangara

    Wow ,great piece mummy ,
    There can never be a better version so informative than this
    Thank you and keep up

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  • Bibi

    Wow! This is really amazing! Thank youu

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  • Papa,

    Great one,,,I’m looking forward to read your novel someday,,,so please don’t fail me Queen Mariam.

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  • Kabiru Karanja

    Amazing

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  • Odongo

    i love how it all got to the point of PRAY! PRAY!
    Good job Mamuuuu

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  • Ambuka

    Such a nice piece๐Ÿ‘Œ…..its sense of humor is awesome ๐Ÿ˜

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  • Joyce

    Great work. This creative, funny and informative. Keep them coming Mamuu๐Ÿ’œ

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  • christine

    I love your Creativity baby girl and humour ,kudos

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